I think my terming of large tie space gaps as "shitty" was a little harsh; it's just my personal pet peeve--i personally think it lacks the "sharpness" a well dressed gent asipres to achieve.
Drake, is your comment below serious/ on the level? I mean...jeez....I can only hope that by reading this forum, you come to value and appreciate what only hand-stitching in a garment can achieve, look like, etc.
I guess I don't value the "artisnal nature of the garment."
I care about my garments being made of quality materials, well constructed, and fit me well. I could not care less if a robot, human, or some type of hybrid as long as it meets those criterion
some people are happy with machine-made, mass produced merchandise i guess, but-- who doesn't appreciate the work of an artist, that a machine can't replicate? on the note of "what's so special about the crow's foot stitching of a button," I would cite this as an example of something ONLY human hands can do-- if i'm not mistaken, factory machines cannot replicate this method. many of the points of hand-tailored goods are purely asthetic, true-- but that's part of clothing's overall appeal and function, isn't it? the roll of a hand-tailored suit's lapels, hand-felled shoulders, and of course the buttonholes all come together to improve the overall appearance of the man.
I think you'll find the term "artist" also applies to tailoring fine garments, that represents a longstanding Italian and English tradition (or even a school, such as the one in Penne, Italy) that is really a dying art (remember the old Brioni ad, which posed the question "how long did it take you to obtain your BA? funny, that's the same amount of time it takes one of our tailors to attend school in order to make your suits."
I know it's materialistic and snobbish, but i really like getting the small booklet with my Borrelli shirts, which is signed by the person that made it, or examining the handmade buttonholes of a suit jacket-- I'd like to think that in some small way, i'm helping to keep old world traditions alive in a society obsessed with "right now, fast food, ipods, cellphone calls and blackberry emails."